The Only True History of Lizzie Finn
From: Wednesday, 27th June 2012
To: Saturday, 21 July 2012
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It's 1892. Lizzie Finn is a celebrated dancer. Charmed by a soldier returning from the war, Lizzie becomes entangled in an intense and passionate affair.
5 July 2012
Set in 1892, Sebastian Barry’s Lizzie Finn is the story of an Irish dance hall girl who leaves the bright lights of Weston-super-Mare and returns to her homeland a lady and a wife. Traumatised by the loss of his three brothers during the Boer War and enlivened by his love for Lizzie, her new husband soon begins to question the local political and social dogma, before sensationally challenging the assumptions of land-owning life within his Anglo-Irish milieu.
Lizzie Finn, has a pretty heavy agenda, aiming to address questions of politics, sexual equality, class and religion; but at two and a half hours long, there is more than enough space to adequately explore these themes. Unfortunately, time is not always used economically in this production, which frequently loses its momentum as well as its audience. Dramatic climaxes feel hurriedly dismissed, whereas moments inconsequential to the plot seem to go on forever. This is not helped by frequent scene changes...
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